Shelter set up in Baxter Springs for residents who lost homes in tornado

The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter in Baxter Springs for residents who lost their homes in Sunday’s tornado.

The shelter has been established at the Community Center, 1101 East Avenue, in Baxter Springs, where a tornado struck just after 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Dozens of homes and more than 20 businesses were damaged or destroyed.

One person reportedly died in Baxter Springs, though authorities have not yet confirmed whether the death was caused by the tornado. At least 25 people were hurt in the southeast Kansas town of 4,100, according to reports filed with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Nine of the injured were taken to local hospitals, officials said.

The tornado was estimated to be three blocks wide on a path running southwest to northeast, Cherokee County emergency manager Jason Allison said.

In Hammond, five miles north of Fort Scott in Bourbon County, a grain elevator was blown over onto a rail line, derailing eight train cars, state officials said. Six homes were also damaged.

Baxter Springs is six miles north of Quapaw, Okla., where two people were killed by a tornado Sunday. The tornado was part of an outbreak that spanned six states and killed at least 18 people – 16 in suburbs of Little Rock in Arkansas.